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Food & Farms- Kane County
Aug 262016

Ag Drone

According to one education professor at Auburn University, studies show that 25% of all new jobs in the ag sector will be tied to drone technology. This opens the door to a wide array of jobs including pilots, maintainers, data analysts, software programmers, designers, engineers and more.

Dennis Watson, an agriculture professor at Southern Illinois University, discussed some of the practical applications for drones on farms. “Seed sales people want to fly over test plots to inspect them. Also, third-party services may utilize the data to recommend fertilizer application and precision ag.” Drones also allow farm managers to scout farm facilities remotely to identify needed repairs, or pinpoint crop areas that may be affected by disease.

Content for the article was originally published by Illinois Farmer Today. For news and information on the applications of drone technology to the agriculture sector, visit Drone Life’s agriculture page.

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Aug 222016
8/22/2016 Get Ready for Fall Vegetable Gardening

Just like early spring veggies, the time window is very brief for fall. The exciting part is that fall gardening requires minimal work, and the harvest is often more delicious than at other times of the growing season. Cool nights and light frost encourage sugar to be released in plants, making vegetables sweeter. Row covers […]

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Aug 182016
8/18/2016 Canning Event at Aurora Farmers Market - Saturday, August 20th

Discover the fun — and functional — art of preserving the season’s bounty of delicious, local produce with University of Illinois Extension Educator Laura Barr during monthly demonstrations at the Aurora Farmers Market. The next presentation will be on blackberry jam from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Throughout the summer, Barr has […]

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Aug 172016
8/17/2016 Wiltse's Fall Farm Event

Fall is coming along with the tradition autumn farm festivals. Wiltse’s Farm will be hosting an Artisan and Vintage Goods Festival on Saturday, September 24th from 9 AM to 2 PM. The festival will feature local vendors selling artisan goods and fresh farm produce. ~~~~~ See below for highlights of a recent Kane County Chronicle […]

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Aug 012016
8/1/2016 U of I Extension Gardening Activities

Master Gardeners Host Final Idea Garden Tour of Season CHARLES, Ill. – Skip the apps and websites, and come see inspirational garden ideas in person at the popular Kane County Master Gardener Idea Garden in St. Charles. The Master Gardeners will host the final summer open house event on Tuesday, August 16 from 9 to […]

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Jul 112016
7/11/2016 Shared Harvest Food Cooperative is Now Hiring

Shared Harvest has reached a major milestone in advancing its store development plan and is now looking to fill two recently created positions, including a General Manager and a part-time Outreach Coordinator. Startup General Manager Shared Harvest Food Cooperative is seeking candidates for the position of Startup General Manager. The General Manager (GM) will serve […]

 Posted by at 11:35 am
Jun 272016
6/27/2016 Mighty Greens Farm, Adding Greenhouses and Serving Restaurants

Since launching Mighty Greens Farm in 2014 Carlos and Katie Palomares have grown their local farm and produce business with new infrastructure and are reaching more local restaurants and consumers. The farm, located off Hughes Rd. near Elburn, has developed a reputation for using its greenhouse space to grow veggies year round. Mighty Greens quickly outgrew […]

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